Eight student groups have been invited to present full productions of their school play or musical as part of the main stage programming at the 55th annual International Thespian Festival this June in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The selected productions include one of the first licensed productions of the Steve Martin-Edie Brickell Broadway musical Bright Star (West Orange High School, Troupe 1983), and Disney’s hit stage adaptation of Newsies (Floyd Central High School, Troupe 1794).
Also selected are One Man, Two Guvnors (Blue Valley North High School, Troupe 4151), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Denver School of the Arts, Troupe 5869), The Visit (Edina High School, Troupe 1539), Trap (Olathe South High School, Troupe 5006), Urinetown (Pittsburg High School, Troupe 3149), and Silent Sky (Mt. Carmel Academy, Troupe 2075).
Three additional schools will be invited to perform on the main stage, while further schools will be invited to perform on other stages throughout the festival.
Running June 25-30 on the University of Nebraska campus, the International Thespian Festival is produced by the Educational Theatre Association. Playbill will once again be a sponsor of the week-long celebration of performing arts that attracts more than 4,000 high school drama students and their teachers. During the festival students participate in workshops and have the opportunity to interact with performing arts colleges, industry leaders, and Broadway professionals.